There has been a rapid rise in the number of ‘Census Towns’- increasing from 1362 in 2001 to 3894 in 2011. Census towns are in fact the revenue villages which satisfy three basic criteria – of having a minimum population of 5,000; comprising of at least 75 per cent of its male working population engaged in non-agricultural pursuits; and, supporting a density of at least 400 persons per sq km. Data points towards a large shift in the number of census towns indicating the rapid movement of villages into urban classification. As can be seen below, the highest shift is in West Bengal with the addition of 528 new census towns followed by Kerala (362) and Tamil Nadu (265). On the other hand Arunachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have shown a drop of 16 and 8 census towns – making their present census town status 1 and 14 respectively.